Sunday, June 21, 2015

Our mission blog

  Since I am posting for our mission team I am using a separate blog and have not had a chance to link it to this one yet.  If you are following me here I am going to include the link where I will be posting. We are having an amazing trip so far and can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for the rest of our week.

Please jump on over  here to see what God is doing through us this week:



Sunday, June 14, 2015

The road before us

I don't know about most families, but in our family it seems that every weekend we look at the week ahead and plan what we will face throughout the week.  There are school activities, church activities, volleyball, piano lessons, work and the list goes on.  With adult children, one in high school, another in elementary and now grandchildren we seem to stay pretty busy and it is easy to forget how God goes before us each step of the way.  He orders our steps and directs our pathway and for that I am eternally grateful!

Let me share something that happened last week and how He planned every moment before I was even aware of the situation.

One evening before bed my right eye was hurting and I figured I had something in it.  I put eye drops in and went to bed.  When I awoke the next morning I had a small "bubble" inside my lower eye lid.  It didn't hurt, but it was annoying and something that wouldn't go away.  During lunch I went to the eye doctor and after taking pictures of my eye he determined that some things did not look quite right.  He referred me to a retina specialist for further examination.  Friday,  I went to the specialist and after having my eyes dilated and poked and prodded on he determined that I needed to have laser surgery to strengthen my retina that appeared very weak and in danger of detaching.  Fortunately,  he had an opening that day and I had the laser surgery in his office.  After having 307 laser beams into my right eye the specialist feels like my eye is strengthened and I am safe to travel this week.

That experience was not pleasant, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to see the world before me and experience all it has to offer.  I thank God for that little "bubble" and the annoying feeling that led to an exam with a wonderful well-educated doctor who was able to repair my eye before further damage was done.  I've thought many times this past week how blessed I am to have my sight and how we often take such things for granted.

"I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you." 
Matthew 11:10

Now, just as He went before me last week, I know He has already gone before our team as we will leave for China this week.  We will serve in an orphanage and try our best to share the LOVE He puts in our hearts in whatever way He directs.

We covet your prayers as we follow where He leads.  

May we SEE with eyes that HE has prepared and hearts that demonstrate HIS love. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Moments in time

I used to think that "older" people were crazy when they would remark how time flies so quickly. Well, I guess I must be one of those "older" people now! It amazes me how quickly time seems to fly and the years are gone before we know it. The moments of joy mixed with sadness all flow together to make up this beautiful tapestry of our lives.

When I awoke this morning and looked at the date my thoughts turned to six months ago.  We were anxiously awaiting the birth of our first grandson.  The anticipation grew as we waited for Nathan to come tell us about this newest addition to our family, and our joy overflowed as we heard the news.  Nothing compared to the first moments as we held him in our arms and our hearts filled with a new love we had never before experienced.
I chose a scripture to pray for and over Cooper at his birth. It is a scripture that I continue to pray for him as I watch him grow and anticipate the days ahead as I pray that God will lead and protect his little life.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues
 through all generations. (Psalm 100:5 NIV)
Next week we will celebrate 92 years with my precious Nannie and the sweet moments  with my grandparents are memories I will always cherish.  I pray we can be half the grandparents to our grandchildren as mine were to me. 
Each day is a gift, and as we open the gifts I give God the glory for blessing us far more than we will ever deserve!